CORRECTION: [OUR BREAD AND BUTTER] Sarah Barnard Design: Sustainability and Innovation in Home Interiors

Sarah Barnard specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.

Sarah Barnard specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.

CORRECTION: We incorrectly spelled Sarah’s last name in her tag line at the end of this story as Bernhard. The correct spelling of her name is Barnard. We regret the error.

Sarah Barnard is an interior designer who focuses more on how a home affects it occupant and less on the outside world. She believes that to attain total relaxation and harmony with the universe, one needs to think about the healthfulness of the design that one lives in.

“When we come home from wherever we’ve been, we want a place that makes us feel really good,” said Barnard. “When you walk into a room that isn’t good, you don’t want to stay and whatever it is that’s not right won’t put a body at ease.”

Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, a recognized practitioner of the principles of Bau-Biologie & Ecology and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional. She brings to her designs a philosophy that converges sustainability and smart design to create healthy, and ecological homes.

“One of my strong suits,” Barnard said, “is being able to understand the value of preserving historic architecture that accommodates modern ecological ways of living.”

She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in art, and interior architectural design. This formal education combined with her interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment have given Barnard a unique perspective and a broad skill set which her clients have come to appreciate.

“Sarah wasn’t about mirroring my ideas back to me,” said Seth Resnick, a client who owns a 1918 Craftsman bungalow in West Hollywood that is also a designated historic landmark. “She challenged me creatively in a way that expanded my aesthetic.”

Barnard has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors, and is particularly innovative with historic-driven design.

“Sarah was able to take us way beyond something we would have thought of doing,” said Mark Needham, a Santa Monica client whose 1952 Cape Cod revival home was transformed by Barnard. “She managed to update, but stay within the right look for the house.”

On a typical project, Barnard might interplay the comfort of heated flooring and efficiency of LED lighting with small-batch ceramic tile crafted by artisans using historic methods—all in keeping with a home’s original architectural intent.

“I have traveled the globe to seek out the special thing for each project,” said Barnard, who claims she has accumulated a mind-blowing library of resources during her 14 years as a designer.

By fusing her passions with the individual needs of her clients, Barnard has designed a career that has produced a collection of innovative and sustainable interior environments. And her clients from Venice to Los Feliz couldn’t be happier.

Sarah Barnard Design, 

1507 7th Street, #093, 

Santa Monica, 

(310) 823-7331,

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